Resident faces prison sentence


— A 34-year-old Steamboat Springs man will remain in the Routt County Jail on $20,000 bail amid allegations that he threatened to kill himself and his girlfriend.

Nicholas James Siniavsky appeared in front of Routt County Judge James Garrecht Wednesday afternoon for a bail reduction hearing. But the hearing was rescheduled for June 6 after Routt County Probation Officer Annette Norton told Garrecht that an anonymous message was left on her voice mail Wednesday morning. Norton said the message indicated Siniavsky would kill himself and his girlfriend if he is released.

In an effort to keep Siniavsky in jail, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James asked Norton to reveal the information at the court proceedings. St. James also argued in court that even Siniavsky's family thinks Siniavsky is a risk to himself and others and would prefer that he remain jailed.

Siniavsky's attorney, Erick Nordstrom, objected to Norton's information and requested the case be continued to next week.

Siniavsky is being held on numerous felony charges stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred on May 20 and the following day in Routt County Court.

Police went to Siniavsky's home in the 2400 block of West Acres the night of May 20 after Siniavsky's girlfriend reported he was making threats to kill himself inside the home. According to court records, the woman said she and Siniavsky's two sons, 3 and 11, were in the home when Siniavsky began making the suicidal threats.

Siniavsky was arrested by Steamboat Springs police as he attempted to leave the residence in a truck. In connection with that incident, Siniavsky has been charged with two counts of violating a bond condition, a class six felony.

He also has been charged with two counts of child abuse, prohibited use of a weapon and drunken driving, which are all misdemeanors.

Siniavsky is not allowed to possess firearms or consume alcohol because of a previous felony conviction of first-degree criminal mischief. Siniavsky pleaded guilty last August to stealing United Parcel Service packages.

Siniavsky has also pleaded guilty to violation of a bond condition for an incident that occurred last November when he was caught drinking alcohol. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges at 2 p.m. June 22 by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson.

For the two felonies, Siniavsky could be sentenced to a total of nine years in prison.

Siniavsky's girlfriend told police that he had been "depressed" because of the upcoming sentencing hearing, court records show.

Legal trouble for Siniavsky continued when he appeared in Routt County Court May 21 after his arrest the previous night.

During the court appearance, Siniavsky allegedly made threatening gestures with his hand toward the his girlfriend, who attended the proceedings. Using his hands, he allegedly pretended to shoot and then cut her.

For this incident, Siniavsky faces two counts of violation of a bond condition and one count of violation of a restraining order.

Currently, Siniavsky is on probation for false and forged orders concerning prescription medication.


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